13 Bligh Place
Melbourne Vic 3001
It’s been a while between posts, because you know, life and stuff happens. Outings have been few and far between (or not worth writing about!), but life seems to be flying by at the moment, I guess that’s what happens when you’ve got a couple of kids and run a business! Needless to say, the husband and I were super excited to be invited to the Spring Menu launch at Souk.
Having always had a soft spot for quality middle eastern cuisine, Souk has been on our to do list since it opened earlier this year. In their own words, they’re reinventing middle eastern food. All of the classic middle eastern flavours are there just with a contemporary spin that starts with a very Melbourne, lane way venue. Walking down Bligh Place, just off Flinders Lane your eyes are immediately drawn to the huge pink neon SOUK sign at the end of the laneway. Walk in and it almost feels like you’ve walked into a cool bar. The lights are low, the fit out it minimal so all of the focus is on a few pieces of striking artwork. The extensive wrap around bar is also a focal point, as are a few unique light fittings that in their own right could pass as pieces of artwork.
Once seated we were treated to an absolute feast – Turkish green bean salad, Kuwaiti fried chicken, spiced beef croquettes, Fattoush salad, lamb meatballs, Moroccan seafood and lamb Shwarna. Talk about a mouth full! Now if I’m really honest a few dishes like the beans, meatballs and seafood didn’t really hit the mark for us. That’s not to say that they were bad, more that there was nothing special about them and had we only consumed these dishes we probably would have left disappointed.
There were however some real highlights. I loved the fried chicken, like love, love, loved! I would have happily eaten a whole serve on my own. Generously coated in a mix of exotic and fragrant spices which was then fried, they created a unique but simply divine chicken dish that was seriously finger licking good.
Another winner was the fattoush. This wasn’t the classic adaptation of a middle eastern staple. Sure it had all of the standard ingredients – tomato, cucumber, pita ect, but it was creatively assembled and added a theatrical element as diners smash the crispy pita cone, mixing it into the salad. Keeping the pita separate to the salad via the cone is a strike of genius. It keeps the bread element crispy right up to the time diners eat it so they aren’t presented with a soggy salad and it really heightened the eating experience.
The husband’s favourite dish was the lamb Shwarma. The lamb shoulder was perfection. Flavoursome, tender and really juicy. Served with a side of rice, salad and a delicious saffron yogurt, this dish was right on the money and well worth ordering.
Although we had a mixed dining experience, the highlights were really really good, making up for the few lackluster dishes. So if you’re looking for a Christmas party venue, look no further, Souk is your place.
I was invited to dine as a guest of Souk and Fox Digital Lab however all opinions are strictly my own.